Blog by Alexis Drye, Director of The Grounds Bookstore & Cafe
You hear it all the time in The Grounds: “All proceeds support Meck’s ministries and missions’ partners, both locally and globally.” And we’re proud of that. It means that all of your purchases mean something; a lot, actually. But who exactly does it go to? For this blog, we’re going to introduce you to some of our local ministry partners. And while you can feel confident that you’re already supporting them through your purchases in The Grounds, as well as your participation in the Meck offering, we also offer opportunities for you to physically go and serve these partners. We’re listing some of our upcoming “Serve Days” in case you want to get involved.
Children’s Hope Alliance – For 125 years, this organization has been helping families and children in North Carolina to achieve hope and healing. Through services such as foster care, adoption, clinical assistance, training programs, therapeutic services and residential assistance, Children’s Hope Alliance meets families where they are in their struggles and provides an individual plan that will guide them to healing. At their Statesville location, Meck lends a hand every month with their Group Home program, cooking dinner for the children staying there. Not only do we get to give their room parents a break, but we also get to remind the children how loved they are and supported by the community.
NEXT SERVE DAY: Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 5:15 PM – 7:30 PM. Register HERE.
Second Harvest Food Bank – Serving people in 19 counties across the Carolinas, the Second Harvest Food Bank aims to end hunger in our community, especially among children. They partner with more than 650 agencies to distribute food to those in need, including shelters, soup kitchens, daycares and more. They’re constantly collecting and distributing food, while also educating and advocating for those in need. Every month, Meck assists in the warehouse sorting and inspecting food.
NEXT SERVE DAY: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Register HERE.
Crisis Assistance Ministry – Financial crises are just that: crises. They’re unplanned events like a lost job, a sudden medical diagnosis, an unexpected bill, a house fire. The Crisis Assistance Ministry provides assistance for people who find themselves in financial crisis, helping them to achieve self-sufficiency. One of their many programs is their Free Store of clothing, household goods, shoes and books available to their clients at no charge. Each month, a team from Meck volunteers at the Free Store, sorting and inspecting donations or prepping the Store for customers.
NEXT SERVE DAY: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Register HERE.
Olde Knox Commons – Olde Knox Commons is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Huntersville that strives to improve the quality of life for its patients while maintaining their dignity, self-worth and valued relationships. They pride themselves on their caring staff, compassion for their patients, and the lengths that they go to to makes sure that meeting the patients’ needs is the main focal point of its mission. The Meck Serve Day aims to bring joy to the elderly residing there. It’s a family-friendly serving opportunity that results in new friendships and lots of joy.
NEXT SERVE DAY: Saturday, November 05, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Register HERE.
Ranson Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care – “We are special people who have a heart-felt love for helping seniors enjoy a happy and healthy lifestyle in a supportive environment focused on socialization, good food, good health, safety, and independence.” As quoted on their website, the Ranson Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care facility works to treat their patients as family as they provide a variety of services, including assisted living accommodations, on-site physician care and rehabilitation, support groups for Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, and more. Meck sends a team here every month to bring joy to the patients. Like the Serve Day at Olde Knox Commons, this is a family-friendly opportunity. In fact, the patients love seeing little ones!
NEXT SERVE DAY: Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM. Register HERE.
Charlotte Rescue Mission – For more than 75 years, the Charlotte Rescue Mission has helped men and women in our community to achieve victory over their addictions. With their Christian-based recovery programs, they assist their patients to find long-term sobriety, establish stable employment and housing, and repair and build healthy relationships. Once every two months, Meck sends a team of people there to serve breakfast to the clients at the mission. If you’re a morning person, this is definitely the Serve Day for you!
NEXT SERVE DAY: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 5:30 AM – 7:30 AM. Register HERE.
Habitat for Humanity – Probably the most internationally well-known partner of ours, Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian ministry that works to create a world where every human being has a decent place to live. “Our mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.” Meck partners with them here in Charlotte to build homes for those in need.
NEXT SERVE DAY: Saturday, November 19, 2016, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Register HERE.
The Christian Mission of Mooresville/Lake Norman – This comprehensive organization serves nearly 5,000 families in the Mooresville/Lake Norman area who are hoping to escape the crippling effects of poverty. They help families gain an accurate understanding of their current situation and then establish client-specific plans to help them rise out of poverty. In their words, “We are available for our clients through their entire journey out of poverty to self-sufficiency.” Through programs such as emergency and transitional housing, care for the elderly and disabled, and an ongoing food pantry, The Christian Mission has seen countless families avoid and overcome poverty. Meck serves them through our biannual food drives as well as occasional Serve Days throughout the year.
A Child’s Place – When you think of the word “homeless”, who immediately comes to mind? For most of us, it’s not the face of a child, but the truth is that there are thousands of homeless children in Charlotte. A Child’s Place works to “erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education.” They partner with local schools to identify homeless children, and then work with the children and their families to provide a variety of assistance. By equipping the student with things like food, school supplies and other basic necessities, A Child’s Place can help a child feel prepared and confident in school. But the organization also goes deeper on a case-by-case basis for families in a state of long-term homelessness, addressing psychological difficulties, domestic violence, financial stability, employment opportunities, etc. Every year, Meck holds a backpack drive to collect school supplies and hygiene items for the homeless students in Charlotte.
As you can see, when we say that your purchases supports “missions”, we’re talking about human beings in our community and around the world who need your help. Who knew that a cup of coffee could be so powerful?